FBI v The Chicken Wing Thief

Maryland police uses an elaborate surveillance system called ‘Stingray,’ in order to catch a chicken wing thief.

“Stingray is a controversial cellphone tracking tool that sucks up information from all nearby cellphone users. It’s often sold as a vital tool for finding serious criminals and terrorists, an argument that is weakened somewhat when it emerges Baltimore police used it to try and find the perp in a $50 chicken robbery.”

The FBI is so desperate to keep information about Stingray secret that it persuades local law enforcement to contact the bureau whenever a citizen like Mike Katz-Lacpabe tires to use the Freedom of Information Act in order to learn more about the Harris Corporation (the company that makes Stingray devices).

FBI director James Comey gave a comical explanation on why the Stingray program must remain secret from the public: because bad guys exist.

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A Divisive Worldview

The Republican party has split, and largely based on worldview; neoconservative globalists versus Trump’s notion of ‘America First.’

Make no mistake about it, while Hillary is not a registered Republican, she does prescribe to the foreign policy of neo-conservatism, and has been actively courting Bush donors. Concerning foreign policy, Clinton is much more like Bush than Trump. Her campaign even keeps an active list of establishment Republicans that have rejected Trump.

Bill Kristol and Max Boot and been seeking alternatives to the GOP nominee, even threatening to support Hillary. For the first time in many years, a Republican will be ‘left’ of the Democratic nominee on the issue of war.

In a speech in Washington State, Trump expressed that concerning “foreign policy, Hillary is trigger happy…She’s got a bad temperament,” and that “her decisions in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya have cost trillions of dollars, thousands of lives and have totally unleashed ISIS.”

Trump has been an outspoken opponent of the Iraq war, nation building, and military intervention. He has also showed a significant amount of skepticism in U.S. involvement with NATO as well as the Syrian Civil War. Hillary may have foreign policy experience, but its experience that will go down in history as part of a failed endeavor for empire.

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Criminal Justice Reform

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) announced revisions to the legislation to broaden bipartisan support for bipartisan criminal justice reform.

“Honestly, a lot of the hard part is just getting people aware of why there’s a problem and why it needs to be fixed,” Said Senator Mike Lee. “Once people understand the nature of the problem, [and] we can catch their attention long enough to help them understand what the problem is, they tend to be supportive.”

A Unified Party?

“I am a unifier. … We’re gonna be a unified party.”

In a new attack ad against the presumptive GOP nominee, Hillary Clinton uses clips where Republican establishment leaders like Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, and Jeb Bush are criticizing Trump.

“He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot,” says Lindsey Graham. “He needs…he needs therapy” Jeb says with a hopeless expression.

It’s almost as if Hillary’s team hasn’t figured out that Trump supporters like Trump more when duds like Graham, Romney, and “Jeb!” try to denounce him.

Rule 40

In 2012, the Republican National Committee added paragraph 40(b) to The Rules of the Republican Party. The rule requires that a candidate have the “majority of delegates” from at least eight states in order to be on the ballot for the Republican nomination.

(b) Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a majority of the delegates from each of eight (8) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination.

Rule 40(e) then explains that if no candidate has received the majority of votes, “the chairman of the convention shall direct the roll of the states be called again and shall repeat the calling of the roll until a candidate shall have received a majority of the votes.”

Rule 40 is also known as the ‘Ron Paul Rule,’ nicknamed for its purpose of establishment in 2012, which was to block Paul from the convention. Boxing out Paul was done in order to hand the convention to Romney in a unanimous and appearingly united fashion. Ironically, the rule that was set up by Romney people to block Paul in 2012 will be blocking the establishment from being able to stop Trump in 2016.

The establishment must find a way around this rule if it wants any hope at keeping Trump from representing the Republican party in the general election. The Rules Committee could change Rule 40, but would risk provoking a voter revolt.

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GOP Reconstruction Era

After gaining all 57 delegates in Indiana, Ted Cruz has suspended his campaign and John Kasich is expected to drop out today.

There are 9 states left: California (172 delegates), Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota. Trump needs 225 more of the 520 still available delegates in order to reach the magic number of 1,237.

With no other formal threats to his nomination, Trump took on a more gracious tone in his Indiana victory speech. The GOP fracturing period is now transitioning into a period of attempted reconstruction.

“Listen. Engage. Learn. Don’t Shut People Down.”

When it comes to free speech on campus, Obama gets it right.

“There’s been a trend around the country of trying to get colleges to disinvite speakers with a different point of view, or disrupt a politician’s rally. Don’t do that — no matter how ridiculous or offensive you might find the things that come out of their mouths. Because as my grandmother used to tell me, every time a fool speaks, they are just advertising their own ignorance. Let them talk. Let them talk. If you don’t, you just make them a victim, and then they can avoid accountability.”

‘America First’

In a foreign policy speech yesterday, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump described his plan to take care of “America First,” which echo’s a popular phrase among the Old Right non-interventionists. In the speech, Trump vowed to “shake the rust off America’s foreign policy.”

Trump explained that “unlike other candidates for the presidency, war and aggression will not be my first instinct,” adding that “you cannot have a foreign policy without diplomacy.” Trump called for a more “rational” approach to foreign policy, and rejected what he described as, the “false song of globalism.”

“We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.”

In the past, Trump has expressed his belief that the U.S. “would have been better off if we never looked at the Middle East for the last 15 years.” Trump argues that neoconservative “experts” have been in control of foreign policy for decades, but to no avail. The establishment’s foreign policy has been defined by foreign aid and intervention, but has done very little to calm foreign conflict.

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Are Vaccines Causing Autism?

The new film Vaxxed addresses a controversial claim that vaccines are causing autism. It also asserts that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doctored results of vaccines, then knowingly continued encouraging its use while being aware of its correlation with autism.

Dr. William Thompson is the whistleblower who has claimed that the CDC has omitted crucial data in their report, that would have revealed a relationship between a measles vaccine and autism.and

The statistics cited in the trailer are staggering: That over 1 millions people were diagnosed with autism in 2014. Claiming that today, around 1-68 children born are diagnosed with autism, and that if the trend continues, by 2032 50% of newborns will be subjected to autism.

The film was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival by its co-founder, Robert De Niro, who was pressured by participants. De Niro himself has an autistic son, and admits that there is a link between vaccines and autism. The pulling of the movie in an attempt to silence its claims has backfired, as additional interest has been aroused over the controversy.

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